Monday, December 7, 2015

Elmer Gainer

Elmer R. Gainer

November 22, 1918
Chicago, IL  

September 29, 1970
Des Plaines, IL

1938-39 DePaul University (College)
1939-40 DePaul University (College)
1940-41 DePaul University (College)
1941-42 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (NBL)
1943-44 Sheboygan Redskins (NBL)
1944-45 Chicago American Gears (NBL)
1945-46 Chicago American Gears (NBL)
1946-47 Anderson Duffey Packers (NBL)
1947-48 Montgomery Rebels (SPBL)
1947-48 Baltimore Bullets (BAA)
1947-48 Bellingham Fricrests (PCBL)
1947-48 Seattle Athletics (PCBL)
1948-49 Waterloo Hawks (NBL)
1949-50 Waterloo Hawks (NBA)

Born in Illinois to Harry and Minerva Gainer. He missed part of the 1938-39 season due to a separated shoulder he suffered in a game against Butler. He was an All-American in 1941 and the first DePaul player to play in the NBA. He played professionally in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, retiring from basketball in 1950. He worked as a salesman until his death at 51, in 1970.

Gainer was married to Anne Omerzel.


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